Knoxville Police Officer Chris Rowland and his K9 partner Knox assisted the Mid Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force and the U.S. Postal Inspectors Office with a suspicious package in Des Moines last week, resulting in two arrests. Police Chief Dan Losada tells KNIA/KRLS news, officer Rowland and Knox were at the MINE task force center doing their monthly, regional training when the package was brought in. Knox gave a positive indication on the package, which led to a federal search warrant. Upon opening by the U.S. Postal Inspector, 1.5 pounds of marijuana, with an approximate street value of $9,000 was found. The inspector then resealed the package and a controlled delivery was made, resulting in the arrests of two people along with the seizure of two vehicles and $500 in cash. The investigation continues and other arrests are possible.
Chief Losada says these type of incidents help prove that the money spent on these training exercises are well spent and effective. He said the department’s foresight to obtain a dual purpose dog has paid off and Knox is available to both local and regional law enforcement at no charge. Losada adds that incidents like these raise the stature in the area and lets people know there is a very affective dog in Knoxville which may deter others from using or selling drugs in the area.